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SonicWALL Virtual Appliances

SonicWALL Offers Email Security and ViewPoint / GMS Virtual Appliances

In addition to hardware appliances and Windows software installations, SonicWALL now offers virtual appliances for both Email Security and ViewPoint / GMS that can easily be used in VMWare ESX and ESXi environments. This allows SonicWALL and administrators to take advantage of greater performance, better utilization of the server hardware, lower power requirements, reduced physical server space, and hardware fail-over and / or fault tolerance offered by the VMWare's ESX and ESXi hypervisors.

In addition, for those who would previously have deployed software versions of these products, there is no longer any need to purchase a Windows license for the SonicWALL product to run on top of - the virtual appliance is entirely self-contained, running on top of SonicWALL's hardened SonicLinux OS. An added side benefit is that the virtual appliances use far fewer server resources than the Windows based product, further enhancing the benefit of the virtual appliances.

SonicWALL's Email Security virtual appliance can be deployed as a stand-alone virtual machine on a single physical server (along side other virtual machines on the same physical server), or as an Email Security cluster in split-config mode on a single physical server or distributed across multiple physical servers for redundancy and load balancing.

With VMWare's ESXi hypervisor being offered for free by VMWare, there is no real excuse not to use the SonicWALL virtual appliances, especially for small businesses that often have servers that have plenty of extra horsepower to handle their existing server's role as well as the SonicWALL virtual appliance role at the same time (VMWare ESXi running two virtual machines; one the office Windows Server, the other SonicWALL's Email Security or ViewPoint - or all three - all on one physical server). That saves space, power, administrative burden, and most of all - money.

More information:

SonicWALL Email Security Virtual Appliance Website
SonicWALL ViewPoint / GMS Virtual Appliance Website


SonicWALL Wireless N

SonicWALL Offers Enterprise Class Wireless N Solutions

SonicWALL's new 802.11n wireless solutions remove barriers that previously prevented businesses from deploying SonicWALL wireless solutions for fear of being locked into a product that didn't offer growth into the 802.11n standard.

SonicWALL currently offers the all-new SonicWALL TZ-210 Unified Threat Management appliance with and without wireless. The new appliance includes the latest SonicWALL advancements, while still providing an accessable security answer for small to medium businesses at a price point that won't drain the bank. In addition to it's own integrated wireless-N capability, The SonicWALL TZ-210 runs SonicOS Enhanced, which allows it to manage SonicWALL SonicPoints to expand seamless wireless coverage throughout your office area.

The latest addition to the SonicWALL wireless line is the new SonicWALL SonicPoint-N Dual Band Access Point. Designed to be managed by a SonicWALL Unified Threat Management appliance that is running SonicOS Enhanced, these access points can be centrally managed one at a time, or in groups.

SonicWALL TZ-210 Details:

The SonicWALL TZ 210 Series of network security appliances eliminates firewall performance bottlenecks while delivering unsurpassed Unified Threat Management (UTM) protection. Unlike other vendors’ solutions, the SonicWALL TZ 210 offers both protection and performance without compromise. The TZ 210 and TZ 210 Wireless-N deliver unmatched stateful packet inspection speeds of up to 200 Mbps, dramatically improving network performance and allowing you to get the most out of your network investment. The improved performance enables SonicWALL’s patented Deep Packet Inspection technology to inspect and ruthlessly eliminate viruses, spyware, and other threats. The TZ 210 provides a full range of firewall capabilities in an easy-to-manage solution that can adapt to standalone or distributed configurations. Like more than a million other SonicWALL appliances protecting businesses around the world, each TZ 210 delivers reliable, cost-effective network protection and performance.

  • Deep Packet Inspection Engine. A configurable, high-performance deep packet inspection engine for extended protection to key Internet services such as Web, e-mail, file transfer, windows services, and DNS.
  • ICSA-Certified Stateful Packet Inspection Firewall. Industry-recognized standards for enterprise-class firewall protection, ensuring the integrity and validity of each connection, packet, source, and destination.
  • Comprehensive Security. Supports SonicWALL's suite of security services including Gateway Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Intrusion Prevention Service, Enforced Client Anti-Virus, Content Filtering Service, and Global Security Client.
  • SonicWALL PortShield. The SonicWALL PortShield architecture provides the flexibility to configure port level security for the LAN, providing protection not only from the WAN and DMZ, but also between devices inside the LAN.
  • High-Performance Architecture. Utilizing the advanced processing technology found in the SonicWALL NSA Series, the TZ-210 delivers throughput speeds of up to 100Mbps.
  • Wireless (802.11b/g/n). Supports the 802.11n standard, which is over five times faster than the current status quo of 802.11g, while still providing support for older 802.11b and 802.11g connections.
  • Gigabit Interfaces. Includes 2 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and 5 Fast Ethernet interfaces to deliver bottleneck-free network performance.
  • Wireless Guest Services. Create user accounts for occasional guest users, such as consultants and contractors that permit wireless connections to the Internet without providing access to the corporate network.
  • Multiple Zones for Different User Types. Create multiple zones of access for different user types, providing an unprecedented level of control without compromising the security of the network.- Time-based and Group Policies. Create security policies that can be enforced according to pre-defined schedules. Specify start and end ranges on an individual or group policy basis, offering more granular network control. Create and assign security policies to a large number of users with minimal effort, simplifying User Level Authentication for Internet and VPN access.
  • Virtual Private Networking. Enable secure site-to-site VPN connections with IPSec-based connectivity. For secure remote access, both SSL VPN and IPSec VPN clients are included enabling gateway enforcment, centralized management and configuration flexibility in managing and securing remote workforce network access.
  • Failover and Failback Technologies. Ensures continuous uptime for IPSec VPN tunnels by failing over to a wireless WAN connection should the broadband connection fail. Once the broadband is re-established, the TZ 210 fails back, providing the best connection speed possible.
  • WAN Redundancy and Load Balancing. Configure a secondary WAN port, delivering highly reliable network connectivity and robust performance. This secondary WAN port can be used in “active-active” load sharing or failover configuration providing a highly-efficient method for maximizing total network bandwidth.
  • ISP Failover. Ensure continuous uptime for Internet and IPSec VPN connectivity by failing over to a second ISP link should the primary link fail. Through ISP failover, the TZ 210 delivers highly reliable network connectivity for constant access to critical data.

SonicWALL SonicPoint-N Dual Band Access Point Details:

The SonicWALL SonicPoint-N access point devices combine 802.11n and 802.11a/b/g wireless management with our award-winning line of network security appliances to flexibly extend comprehensive security across wireless networks.

  • Includes IEEE draft 2, 802.11n, 802.11/a/b/g, 802.11i, IEEE 802.11d multi-country roaming, allowing businesses to leverage prior investments in devices that are incapable of supporting next generation wireless technology, easing migration to 802.11n.
  • Features include 40 MHz channels and packet aggregation to support physical data rates of up to 300 Mbps, as well as support for broadcasts on the 2.4 GHz or 5.0 GHz networks.
  • Features include, WEP, WPA, WPA2, SSL VPN enforcement, Wireless Intrusion Detection Services (WIDS), wireless firewalling, secure Layer 3 wireless roaming, and integrated Wireless Guest Services (WGS) to enforce password access for customers and other third-party guests.
  • Options include 3 removable external antennas with optional TNC connectors to support other 802.11 wireless antennas; wall or ceiling mounting; and 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE) for easy deployment where electrical power is not readily accessible.
  • Delivered using multiple-input multiple-out (MIMO) technology that applies multiple antennas at both the transmitter and receiver to enhance throughput and reliability.
  • Allows the implementation of firewall rules to all wireless traffic and control of all wireless client communication to any host on the network—wired or wireless.
  • Can be administered using any SonicWALL TZ, NSA or E-Class NSA solutions, and requires no pre-configuration of the SonicPoint devices.
  • Enables up to 8 SSIDs to have dedicated authentication and privacy settings while sharing the same physical infrastructure, providing logical segmentation of secure wireless network traffic and secure customer access.
  • Easily provide wireless guest Internet access through the auto-generation of guest accounts without compromising the integrity of your network.
  • Maintains secure access to your complete wireless network when roaming from SonicPoint to SonicPoint.
  • Identifies rogue access points on both the 2.4 and 5 GHz spectrums simultaneously.
  • Provides plug-and-play capabilities for automatic configuration and management from the SonicWALL gateway security appliance using pre-defined profiles.
  • Receive capability allows easy deployment—especially where electrical power is not readily accessible.
  • Attained by avoiding implementing and separately managing an expansive wireless-specific solution that runs parallel to your wired network.
  • Can be used to control the authentication and parametrically bound network access for hotspot users.

Speak to your Western Networks representative for details on a solution that fits your enterprise wireless needs.

More information:

SonicWALL TZ-210 Website
SonicWALL SonicPoint-N Dual Band Access Point Website
SonicWALL TZ Series Datasheet
SonicWALL Clean Wireless Datasheet

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